Ecology & Evolutionary Biology: Director of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (Open until filled. Apply by 10/18/19)
Open date: September 18th, 2019
Last review date:Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Thursday, Jan 2, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Director of the UCSC Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program. Under the direction of Professor Erika Zavaleta, the Director will manage all aspects of The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, which recruits and supports undergraduate students from across the U.S., its territories, and associated sovereign tribal nations. The Program seeks emerging conservation leaders with passion and transformative potential from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The program has three key components:
Integrative training in leadership, design, communication, collaboration and field conservation science and practice through an annual, intensive summer course and internship placements.
Strong mentoring for Scholars throughout and beyond the two-year scholarship period, with opportunities to interact and work with leaders in conservation, conservation justice and allied fields.
Cultivation of an enduring community among Scholars and their mentors, instructors, families, peers and partner organizations.
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion, and strongly encourages applications from candidates who will enrich that mission. We are looking for a dynamic, engaged leader to manage this program who shares our strong values around effective and equitable conservation. The director will work with an advisory board of diverse conservation leaders in academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), philanthropy, community groups, tribes and government, and a national network of internship sponsors and partners. The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:
Lead the outreach, recruitment, and selection of 20 undergraduate conservation Scholars each year to participate in a two-year program based at UC-Santa Cruz.
Work closely with the faculty director and other staff to implement an eight-week annual summer conservation research and leadership course; annual winter retreats; year-round mentoring at Scholars' home institutions; and group internship placements with NGOs, foundations, agencies, private firms and cross-sector partnerships in conservation.
Sustain a strong culture of health, safety, inclusion, equity, and excellence across all DDCSP programming.
Maintain and build a network of partners, including contributing faculty, advisory board members, speakers and panelists, and other organizations to contribute to the program and support the community of Scholars and program alumni.
Mentor current and past participants in the program and sustain strong community and communications among them.
Manage program finances, evaluation, and reporting.
Applicants with any or all of the following areas of expertise are strongly encouraged to apply:
Familiarity with the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program or other undergraduate experiential education programs serving students from diverse backgrounds.
Experience leading and/or designing experiential field courses in conservation and/or science.
Ability to build positive relationships with students, mentors, and adults from various age groups and cultural backgrounds.
Excellent collaborative, communication, networking, organizational and mentoring skills.
Demonstrated commitment to the goal of increasing conservation's reach and effectiveness, particularly through an increase in the diversity of its leaders and practitioners.
Field teaching experience, including risk management and logistics.
Experience in the conservation field outside of academia
ACADEMIC TITLE Academic Coordinator II
SALARY Starting salary ranges from $69,917 - $71,206, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Graduate degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in conservation-related field (such as conservation science, policy, law or biology) or relevant field, or a minimum of three years' professional background of academic training and/or experience in the aforementioned fields at the time of application.
Experience working with undergraduate students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds as a teacher, mentor, researcher, and/or supervisor.
Experience managing and administering outdoor or field-based education programs.
Experience managing budgets and writing reports, grants, and/or articles for publication.
POSITION AVAILABLE December 2019
DURATION OF POSITION Initial appointment will be full-time for one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.
Reference Requirement Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references (a minimum of two are required and a maximum of four will be accepted). The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.
*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC's confidentiality statement.
RECRUITMENT PERIOD Full consideration will be given to applications completed by October 18, 2019. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-3676.
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Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include a list of references (a minimum of two must be provided) and their contact information.
Cover Letter - Letter of application that addresses your expertise and skills.
Writing sample - Relevant writing sample, such as a publication, report, or grant proposal.
Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement that addresses past or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.See UCSC guidelines on diversity statements.
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